Friday, November 26, 2010


Better late than never, I suppose. Here it is the day after Thanksgiving and I'm catching up on all things Halloween.

It was a good year for pumpkins this year! Last year was the worse year for pumpkin crops that I can remember. But this year they were big, beautiful and priced right. We had so many pumpkins and I could only push off the requests to carve them so many times. One afternoon Chica was pretty relentless so I caved in. We brought all the carving tools outside and I let her carve away.

This process kept her busy for some time. But eventually the hands were getting a little messy and she grew bored and decided it was time to move on to the next activity.

But not before I tried to get her to pose for me.

I was also trying to take a picture for a monthly contest themed "purple". I considered this photo but didn't end up using it.

Chica and her classmates celebrated Halloween by arriving to school in their costumes, posing for a picture and then having a fun day of Halloween activities.

My last preschool Halloween picture. Pretty cute way to end that nine-year tradition. Chica picked out her flying horse costume at Target and was very happy with her choice.

Moving on to the big night of Halloween, I dragged the kids outside to pose for some pictures in their costumes. Jack originally wasn't going to trick-or-treat because he figured there was no chance of eating most of the candy with his new braces. But he figured out pretty quickly how to eat almost type of candy without any problem.

Jack decided on a Michael Jackson costume this year, but was a tad disappointed at how curly the wig was.

Ben was very excited about his Red Crayon costume. Mr. Easy-to-Please

Luke selected a Ninja costume, a very fitting choice for him.

And the flying horse again.

All in all, the costume choice was not as painful as prior years. Everyone was happy.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Great Performance

Ben has been taking acoustic guitar lessons for about eight months. He came to me after school one day with a flyer from the town rec department that had a Beginner Acoustic Guitar class. I actually have an acoustic guitar that Chris purchased for me one Christmas (or birthday?). And the price of the class was very reasonable so I went and signed him up. The instructor was a women from town who both Ben and I liked instantly. The class was a great intro to acoustic guitar and Ben really enjoyed it. He wanted to continue with his teacher privately afterwards, which is what we did.

Fast forward to last week when his instructor organized a 'recital' at a local nursing home/rehab center where she is a physical therapist. Ben and his teacher's five other students had each prepared for a solo performance as well as a few songs they all played together.

Ben's solo was the song Puff the Magic Dragon. And much to my surprise, Jack had agreed to sing the song for Ben as he played. They were second to perform.

Ben played smoothly and aside from one glitch in the beginning when Jack lost his place reading the lyrics, the two performed great. I was one proud momma. Proud of Ben for how quickly he learned, how great he sounded and how confidently he played. And proud of Jack for standing up like a super-trooper for his brother and doing something I hate doing.....performing in front of others!

The residents and patients seemed to really enjoy hearing the kids play. They all read along to some of the group songs which included Brown-eyed Girl.

The six students had never played together as a group before but they sounded great! Ben was not only the only boy, but also the youngest and the least experienced student. But you would never have known!!

There is nothing this kid can't do!